A car that has a battery is a good idea but it is limited when considering the charging time. It is for a lot of people easy to do the charging over night or while the car is parked sonwhere, but not for everyone. If we would be starting to introduce an electric car as a new idea then we would be able to accept the problem with charging. Unfortunately, we are so used to park the car in front of the house, on the street, in a garage or anywhere we do the shopping or go to work. That’s where the problem starts. Does anyone want a charging point at any possible location? I don’t think so.
The charging point can be:
- A plug at the charge station where the cable with the connector is in the car
- A cable with a connector at the charge station where the car has a plug
The industry has decided to use the 2nd option as it mimics the fuel pump. Watch people using the fuel pump and you will realize that some people don’t get that right. The same problem has to be considered when using a charging station.
How many charging stations are required?
We start with the idea that the only charging point is at the home of the car owner. This means that the car owner is parking the car in front of the house, in a garage at the house or further away, just on the street or any other place where people park their car today. Can you imagine the infrastructure that has to be put in place? This will be a nightmare. There is also the talk about a charging station at the workplace. Another nightmare. Considering further charging stations at all kind of places and you have a total nightmare.
It looks like that this will fail as soon the amount of cars reaches a certain point. Is this point reached with 100.000, a million or more depends on the location. I guess that people have to proof in the future that they have a personal or shared(?) charging point before they are able to buy a car.
It’s clear that we are not able to replace all the fuel cars with electric cars. This is not a pessimistic view. It’s a more realistic view.
What’s about the time when the majority of batteries are recharged? It will be overnight. Is this even feasible? Where is the power coming from. It’s
There was also talk about a battery swap place like a fuel station. Can you imagine that amount of power this swap place requires to recharge N batteries. On the other hand, how about the space that is required to store N batteries.